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Busting berms from snowplows

Hi Guys -

I'm in Billings, Mt and we just got 15" of snow dumped on us, and very cold.

I just bought my first two-stage snowbloer this Summer, a Toro Powermax 6000, and it's an awesome machine.

My big brother bought a brand new Cub cadet at Depot, and it throws snow no better than my decade-old Toro.

My blower has power to spare, but how do you keep them from wanting to climb up the side of berms instead of digging into them?

On drifted, or fallen snow it has no problem, but those packed berms are work to get through, but it does do it if I do my part.

I was thinking about maybe 20-30 pounds of weight on the front - anybody ever tried it?

Or better suggestions maybe?
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Hmm must be an auto turn issue.
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This older snowblower doesn't have any auto-turn, and it's a little better if I take a pass on a berm in parallel to it and 'square up' the edge, and granny low gear helps too, but it'd be nice if I could keep it's nose down more!
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I have a 24" Ariens, when I bought it, it had a 20-lb (I think) bar bolted to the front of the bucket. It was a counterweight for the Ariens cab that the previous owner was using. I sold the cab, but kept the weight on the front. It's helped keep the nose down somewhat while climbing my driveway's incline.

Last year I added another 5 lbs to the front, and liked the improvement. So yes, I'd definitely try adding some weight to the front of the bucket, and see if it helps.

I think people have said that the tracked machines do well at not simply climbing up snowbanks, and instead driving into them. But I don't have tracks, and that's not really the sort of thing you can just retrofit.

You could also try maybe kind of breaking up the snow with a metal shovel or something, just to help loosen it. Not move it yourself, just to break up some of the chunks. Other than that, use a slow forward speed, and hope it can chew the stuff up.

I think some of the older (60's?) machines had augers that stuck out beyond the bucket. It seems to me like that design would be better for chewing through snowbanks, as the augers would be the first thing to contact it (not the bucket). But I suspect that safety concerns, and damaging fences, etc, is probably why that's no longer done.

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During the winter I use a number of different snowblowers as I fix, recondition, and sell them. I like to try everyone out before I sell them and during a snow I may use 5.

For this year I decided to build a wooden box to hold a 20 lb lead brick that lies on top of the auger housing. It's held on by a bungee cord that goes through slots in the box so it's easily moved from blower to blower. We haven't had sufficient snow yet for me to try it out.

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I've experienced the same phenomenon with both the Toros and MTD I've owned. However, it is usually only when making the initial pass through the berm. I just have a metal shovel handy to break it up a bit and then move it out of the way. Afterwards, I usually only take about 25 -50% of the bucket width and go slow. That and a good set of drift cutters does the trick. HTH.

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Some helpful hints. Get them as quickly as possible so they don't have time to freeze. S!owed speed. Half a cut or less to begin. Add weight if you feel it will help. Anything will work.

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idk why they dont design the augers too spin in the other direction, it would help in keeping the bucket down using the downforce the augers would give, as theyre deigned now they will naturally climb up a hardened snow bank

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Good suggestions guys!

I won't be as lazy next time, and I'll chop them with a shovel a little.

As far as getting them right away, that is good advice too I think.
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